Being injured by an ice cream van can be extremely traumatising, especially for children, so the victim may require ice cream van accident counselling to aid recovery. The good news is that if the accident wasn’t your fault or your child’s fault, it may be possible for you to get such counselling funded as part of a compensation settlement.
When to seek counselling
Anybody who has been injured in an accident can suffer from mental health problems afterwards. This isn’t a sign of weakness – it just means a part of you is broken, and that, just like a broken leg, can happen to anyone. Sometimes these problems will affect people who have escaped without severe physical injuries and sometimes they can be compounded by having to deal with a lasting injury or disability.
Problems like this can manifest in insomnia, nightmares, panic attacks, anxiety, depression or unpredictable shifts of mood. Children are often unable to articulate what’s wrong but start to have tantrums, become withdrawn or uncommunicative, change their eating habits, get into fights or start to do badly at school. The first course of action for family members witnessing such problems should be to get the person who has been affected in this way to see their GP. The doctor may recommend counselling as the best solution.
Counselling is often available on the NHS, but waiting lists can be long and there’s not much choice available, making it hard to find somebody with the right skills. Fortunately this is something that the courts understand, so they are often willing to order the person responsible for the accident – in this case the ice cream van driver (or their insurance company) – to provide money that will cover the cost of private treatment.
How to claim
At Accident Advice Helpline we have specialist solicitors waiting to help you. We can connect you with someone that is experienced in handling counselling claims, to give you the best chance of success. We work on a no win, no fee* basis so it doesn’t matter if you don’t have much money – we’ll still represent you.
Whether you’ve been injured in an ice cream van accident yourself or you are caring for a child who has been, we know that the last thing you’ll need is extra stress. For this reason we try and make the claims process as easy as possible. You will be able to talk to your solicitor over the phone instead of having to go to lots of meetings. All the complicated work will be done for you. We’ll keep you informed about what’s going on and you’ll have the final word on any important decisions, but you won’t need to think about the case constantly.
Ice cream van accident counselling can do much to help with the recovery process and simply receiving your compensation award can help you to put the stress of the accident behind you. At Accident Advice Helpline we will give you no-obligation advice if you just give us a call on our free 24-hour helpline, 0800 689 0500. Claiming could be a lot easier than you think, and could help to undo some of the damage caused by the accident.
Date Published: February 17, 2015
Author: David Brown